An episode of talking, talking and more talking by people we barely know or care about.
I guess Pixis’ speech was supposed to be inspirational. Like last week’s speech by Armin, the creators did their best to make it as epic as possible. Shouting from the top of a giant wall, facial closeups, bulging eyes, et. cetera et. cetera. But while Armin’s speech worked, Pixis’ falls flat. It’s a combination of the facts that a) the content of his speech is pretty standard, go fight or we’re all screwed military talk, and b) we just don’t know Pixis well enough at this point.
Pixis is supposed to be some badass crazy man, but so far all we’ve seen him do is talk and be less crazy than his men in not wanting to execute people all the time. The creators seem to want to imply that he’s some half-insane, crazy badass. But what have we seen him do to support this thus far? Absolutely nothing. Unless you want to include smoozing and boozing with some dumb merchant and leaving when the Titans showed up. Not exactly the most compelling testimony to his badassery.
The second speech, made by the random grey haired assistant to the previous episode’s crazy guy, is even worse. No pressure, dude. But if you screw up it’s your fault that everyone will die. Even though we ordered you to do this despite the fact that we know you have no idea if you can or not.
Eren’s reactions are the most annoying part of the episode though. “I must become a symbol of hope for everyone!” *Barf* What made the initial episodes of Shingeki no Kyojin so unique were the dark setting and the fact that there are no heroes. I sincerely hope the show doesn’t converge to a more typical shounen show. It reminds me of the Berserk manga at this point. It was awesome at first, with Guts killing / getting killed by disgusting monsters all the time. Then suddenly the main character is a cute little girl and Guts becomes a lolicon.
War, War, What is it Good For
We’ve seen this idea in anime before, *cough cough* Code Geass *cough cough* plus what I thought was many other shows that I can’t seem to recall at the moment.
Shingeki no Kyojin takes this idea to its logical conclusion. A war to end war never works. Even Eren can see that.